Kuta to Ubud
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Having my own shaving kit was so nice this morning! My face felt like I had been scraping it with a flint rock after using those cheapie throw away plastic razors from the airline complimentary kits. So glad to have my own razor and shaving cream!!
I had a light breakfast at the hotel -- mainly fruit -- star fruit, mangoes, papaya, guava juice and croissants. After breakfast, I walked down the beach toward the commercial center in Kuta. There were lots of surfers out -- Australians, Japanese and Balinese mainly from what I could tell listening to their voices. And all of them had amazing abs! They must not eat!!
I made it down to the Hard Rock Cafe Bali, and got the obligatory tee-shirts for my sons.
I was still packing up, when the bell boy came by to get the bags. I had him show me how to eat the fruit that had been left in my room that morning -- a Salak Bali. It looks like a leather clad strawberry. He showed me how to peel away the leather like skin to find an almond shaped fruit. It tastes a little like a lychee, only firmer. It was quite enjoyable.
I got a taxi to take me from Kuta to Ubud, the town where I will join the Backroads tour tomorrow. The ride was about an hour in length -- cost 150,000 rupiah.
Ubud is north of Kuta and Denpasar, and is away from the beach. It is at a higher elevation, so is a bit cooler. It is surrounded by a rain forest area, called the Monkey Forest. It is a thriving artist colony.
I stayed at the Waka di Ume Hotel, billed as the 'Different Resort.' There are only 16 units in the hotel, and only half were occupied while I was there. I had room #6 -- denoted by domino like blocks attached to my room key and the wall on the outside of the room. My room is huge! It has a king sized bed with a canopy, a sunken bath tub and a beautiful patio overlooking rice paddies. It is not as green as I imagined it might be, as the rice has just been harvested. There are lots of workers in cone shaped hats gathering the rice, beating the sheaves and putting the rice in large white bags -- then carrying it away on their heads. It looks like very hard work in the hot sun.
I had a late lunch at the hotel in an open air cafe. It was a wonderful salad with mixed greens, avocados, and grilled chicken with a yogurt based chilled soup with dill and cucumber. I had an Australian chardonnay with it that complimented the meal very well.
Next, it was off to the pool for some reading and relaxing. The pool is beautiful -- it is on two levels, with water falls and an incredible view into the rain forest. There are palm trees and coconut trees all around, tropical flowering plants and trees everywhere. Absolute paradise!
I took a shuttle into town around 5:00 to get a feel for Ubud. I saw the Royal Palace, toured a few art galleries and the Ubud market. My 'Nike' sandals are wearing blisters on my feet, so I believe that I am going to donate them to the staff, and switch to my own from back in Texas!
I had a great dinner back at my hotel -- tomato soup, grilled chicken and vegetables with an Aussie claret.